Debate: New World Challenges.

Monday 3 June, 11.15am – 12.15pm

Change is upon us. Join our panel of business leaders as they share and debate their views on the “New World”.

Broadcaster and Journalist Cathy Newman, will open by offering her insights into how the world is changing.

The results of the 2019 Airmic member survey will then form the basis of the debate. Each panellist will lead on a theme, covering emerging risks, geopolitics, threat monitoring, governance, and turning data into information. This promises to be a lively discussion where attendees can challenge the panel and ask questions.


Channel 4 New Presenter

Cathy Newman is the first female main presenter of Channel 4 News. She spent over a decade in Fleet Street, latterly with the Financial Times. Since joining Channel 4 News in 2006 she has broadcast a string of scoops, including allegations of violent abuse against the British barrister John Smyth, sexual harassment allegations against the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, and an investigation into a British sex offender, Simon Harris, which saw him jailed for 17 years.

She was also the only broadcast journalist to travel with Angelina Jolie and the foreign secretary William Hague to the Congo as part of a campaign against sexual violence.

Cathy’s studio interviews are frequently news-making, and many have gone viral – watched by millions online – including combative encounters with the Canadian academic Jordan Peterson and the former motor-racing tycoon Max Mosley. The latter was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in 2019, and made the front cover of Private Eye.

She presents other Channel 4 programmes including the Alternative Election Night with Jeremy Paxman. She regularly presents Channel 4’s Dispatches programmes and has appeared several times on Have I Got News For You and Christmas Celebrity Genius.

Her book – Bloody Brilliant Women: Pioneers, Revolutionaries & Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention – about female pioneers in 20th century Britain, was published by HarperCollins in Autumn 2018. Cathy was described by the Observer as a “brilliant writer”. Author Michael Morpurgo said: “This book is so important. No library, no school or university, should be without a copy.”

Cathy also writes about politics for the Telegraph. She was a judge on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 and the Red Magazine Women of the Year Award 2016. She is a patron of Kids, a charity for disabled children, and an ambassador for Young Minds.

Prior to arriving at Channel 4 News, Cathy worked as chief political correspondent for the Financial Times for three years. Before that she covered politics and media for the FT. Cathy joined the FT from the Independent where she was media business correspondent.

In 2000, Cathy won the prestigious Laurence Stern Fellowship, spending four months following in the footsteps of Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post.

She is married with two young children.

Group Security Director for Rolls- Royce

Matthew Drew (LLB.MSc.MSyl) is the Group Security Director for Rolls-Royce, a global manufacturer of power systems for the Aerospace, Marine and Nuclear industries. In this role, Matthew holds responsibility for all aspects of the Company’s security programs, including the protection of employees, key assets and intellectual property. He chairs Rolls-Royce’s Investigations Management Group, overseeing internal workplace investigations and leads the company’s strategic response to major incidents. His primary focus at Rolls-Royce has been the development of a strong security culture, in which every employee sees security as being part of their daily responsibilities.

 Prior to joining Rolls-Royce in 2015, Matthew was the Vice President of Security Operations for Hewlett Packard based in Geneva and London, and has held posts in Corporate Security and Investigations across a range of industry sectors, including engineering and information technology.


Technology Foresight, Imperial College

Richard’s focus is creative thinking, strategic foresight and scenario planning. He has worked with, amongst others, AXA, IBM, General Electric, the Cabinet Office, the Department of Education, the NHS, McDonald’s, KPMG, Samsung, Porsche and Coca-Cola.

Richard has written five books. His first, Future Files (2007), was translated into sixteen languages. His most recent, Digital Vs. Human (2017), explores artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet from a human perspective.

Richard is Futurist-in-Residence at the Technology Foresight practice at Imperial College and a member of the CAA’s Aviation Futures Group.

Director, Strategic Intelligence for Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Alex Wilson (MBA.FRGS) has spent the last 14 years in senior Corporate Security and Enterprise Risk Management roles in the oil and gas industry.  He is currently the Director, Strategic Intelligence at BHGE, a global ‘fullstream’ oilfield services company.  This role is responsible for collating intelligence the company produces and has access to, in order to ensure the company’s leadership has the best possible view of the risks and opportunities in BHGE’s areas of business, and that the intelligence is appropriately integrated into decision-making processes.  Alex also runs BHGE’s Enterprise Risk Management process, and has responsibility for various areas of corporate security.

Alex has spent many years working and living abroad and has extensive international experience.  Prior to starting in the oil and gas industry, he was an officer in the British Army.

David Eveleigh Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

David joined Serco in November 2014 as the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary on the Board and Executive Committee.

His team is an integrated legal, commercial, company secretarial, governance, compliance and an enterprise risk management (risk, assurance continuity and insurance) team.

He was appointed as Serco’s first Group General Counsel as part of the turnaround management team and he has helped stabilize the business which was in significant financial difficulty and now has one of the strongest balance sheets in the sector. He has extensive experience in the IT and services businesses having held roles as General Counsel of the BT Global Services division of BT plc as well as senior counsel of DuPont de Nemours. David started his career in private practice at Ashurst the leading City law firm and he is a qualified solicitor. He attended Southampton University and he is a non-executive director of the Legal Services Board, the independent body responsible for overseeing the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales and a member of its Audit Committee.



Angela joined British American Tobacco (“BAT”) in September 2014.  As Group Head of Risk & Insurance, her role includes the determination and delivery of BAT’s global insurance strategy, responsibility for the Group’s ERM framework and leading the Group’s Treasury Middle Office.  Angela is part of the Group’s Treasury Leadership Team and a member of the Group’s Sarbanes Oxley Steering Committee.

Angela is a Chartered Accountant, and prior to joining BAT Angela was Director of Group Insurance at AstraZeneca and has also held roles at Aon (both in London and Bermuda) and at KPMG.